Before my trip to Nepal, I wanted to get a feel for where I was going, and there are dozens of books about Nepal, so I needed to narrow it down substantially. I was going to be trekking in the Himalaya for a few months, so I took some advice from others who had already done what I was about to do. 

These five books below are worth a read. They will inspire and give you a feeling of what it’s like to be climbing amongst some of the biggest mountains in the world as well as what the locals are like.

Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer

A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more–including Krakauer’s–in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.

Lost in the Himalayas – James Scott

This is the incredible story of James Scott’s survival. He lasted 43 days in the Himalayan winter; he survived cold, hunger, isolation and despair. He should never have made it out of the mountains alive. It is also the story of another struggle, of the search kept alive by his sister, Joanne Robertson. She refused to give up hope. This is a story of hope, endurance, survival and the human spirit.

Touching My Father’s Soul: A Sherpa’s Journey to the Top of Everest

The son of the first Sherpa to summit the top of Everest, Norgay retraces his father’s historic ascent and reveals the great untold story of this sacred mountain.

Gaiety of Spirit: The Sherpas of Khumbu

Infused with the author’s reflections and experiences, and complete with colour photos highlighting Sherpa life from the metaphysical to the every day, Gaiety of Spirit will take the reader on a magnificent journey toward a richer level of understanding of Sherpa culture, traditions, symbols, belief and history.

Lonely Planet Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya

Don’t forget to pack the latest copy! There is a significant amount of useful information. I referred to this book dozens of times and found it quite helpful.

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